Some more standing on the shoulders of giants. Llyndu Isaf Hidden Hydro. Back to the future!

Not a bad morning at Llyndu Isaf Farm this morning. The Boat house on the shore of Llyn Dinas.

Not a bad morning at Llyndu Isaf Farm . The Boat house on the shore of Llyn Dinas. Another of those hard days in the NT looking after special places. But a bit early in the morning!

Early morning I was down to Nantgwynant but before the Community Energy Wales Fund steering group meeting at Hafod y Llan. I had an hour to kill at silly o clock in the morning. The sun was up and the mist was hanging. I popped over to Llyndu Isaf Farm the National Trust in-house farm which is managed by a YFC Farm scholar with the National Trust. The farm already boasts a 7kw PV system and new twin air source heat pumps for the farm-house and scholar flat. I was there to look at the old hydro system or what was left of it. I had spoken to Ken Owen the previous owner of the farm and he mentioned he had donated the original turbine to National Museum of Wales but a lot of the valves and cast iron pipe still remains. What do we intend to do…? We have already gained planning permission, abstraction licence and FIT pre accreditation for a new farm scale hydro to supply the farm with its energy needs. It’s now only a small matter of building it. Scottish Power were there this morning installing the new three phase supply to the farm which the hydro will be benefiting from. The income from this small hydro will in the future be helping to fund future farm scholars to learn there trade in conservation farming..? Sweet!

hydro nothing new for this farm. there were in fact two systems at the farm according to Ken.

Hydro nothing new for this farm. There were in fact two systems at the farm according to Ken. Gate valves and cast iron pipes from the old hydro

its mostly still there. the old 6" cast iron penstock. Llyndu will be returning to its energy generation heritage. the system will be feeding its power direct to the heat pumps recently installed

It’s mostly still there. The old 6″ cast iron penstock. Llyndu will be returning to its energy generation heritage. The new hydro system will be feeding its power direct to the heat pumps recently installed

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